Archive for February, 2011

Silicone – Damages Extensions

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Be careful. Many hair extension manufacturers are promoting the idea that silicone is beneficial to hair extensions. The benefits of silicone are highly overrated and chemical silicone ultimately damages hair extensions.

Misleading Claims About Silicone Hair Extensions

  • Helps Retain Moisture
  • Keeps Hair From Tangling
  • Protects Hair From Blow Dryers and Other Devices
  • Maintains Softness
  • Shields UV Sun Rays
  • Reduces Hair Frizz
  • Improves Hair Luster
  • Combs Easier
  • Allows For Cleaner Cuts
  • Longer Lasting Extensions

Real Truth Revealed

Don’t believe the claims. Once silicone is worn from the hair extensions the whole story changes rapidly.

Silicone never helps retain moisture. It actually blocks the ability of moisture to penetrate hair and bolster moisture content.

Tangling actually increases as soon as the silicone washes off the extensions. The natural oils are gone and the exposed dry hair promotes tangling.

Silicone is a man-made chemical that diffuses when used with heating appliances such as flat irons.

Softness disappears when the silicone is stripped from the hair extensions and exposes inferior quality hair.

UV rays can penetrate clear silicone coatings. If UV rays get past sunglasses don’t you think they would burn through silicone?

Frizz occurs because of dryness, poor shearing, lack of nutrients, and other possibilities. Frizz increases within a few short weeks when using silicone extensions.

Luster suffers because the quality of human hair is usually sub standard and revealed after the silicone is gone.

Combing and brushing becomes increasing difficult and troublesome with silicone extensions.

Extension tips dry faster, fray, break, and cut inconsistently, in part because the hair will no longer lay flat or curl properly.

Silicone shortens the length of time that extensions can remain in the hair before removing them for new extensions.

Silicone usually has added ingredients including alcohol or mineral oil that dry and negatively affect hair extensions.

On the other hand, top quality Remy human hair extensions restore all of the vital nutrients that are found in your own natural hair during processing.

Silicone is anything but natural so don’t listen to people who claim that chemicals add benefits to your skin or hair.

Donna Bella Milan never applies silicone to their hair extensions.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

Hair Extension Brushing 101

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Whether its Kera Links, Micro Links or Donna Bella Clip ins your client should know how to properly brush her new extensions. After the application stylist should go over the proper way to brush the extensions.

The Donna Bella’s 100% boar bristle brush is an essential part of caring for hair extensions. The brush should be used daily about three times a day and when styling the hair.

If your extensions are wet, spray them with your leave-in detangler at the bottom, and use your wide tooth comb to comb through the tangles. Donna Bella also sells a wide tooth comb set that will do the trick. Start at the bottom of your hair, work your way towards the top of the extensions. Be patient when you are combing through your extensions so you won’t pull excess hair out of your extensions.

Demonstrate the brushing technique on a mannequin head and go over any questions they might have.
Have the client brush her hair using this technique bottom to the top until she feels comfortable.

No matter what kind of Donna Bella hair extensions is applied one thing remains unchanged – you must take very good care of it because it is your best featured accessory.

Why We Don’t Have Green Hair

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

In public school art classes we learn that with just three primary colors – Red, Green, Blue – most any other color can be created. That being true, why don’t we have people all over the globe being born with one of those three unusual hair colors?

Primary Colors And Why

Our brains are programmed to see color based upon various light and wavelength that is detected by the human eye. Not everyone sees the same color in exactly the same way. Normally, we use cone receptors in the eyes to see the full 3-D range of color. Color combinations are based upon three main colors? Red, Green, and Blue. Cone receptors are also known as TRI-(three)chromats.

Few people on earth are natural red heads, and no large populations of green heads or blue heads have been found to my knowledge. Even though Red, Green, and Blue are the primary colors, hair color is determined by two pigments found in all human hair called Eumelanin and Pheomelanin. The quantity of these pigments provided by our DNA is dictated by heredity.

Sometimes pigment strength jumps from generation to generation. That is why you may be born blonde but your children have brown hair from birth. Also, hair color is often dominated by the other parent. When it comes down to it, natural hair color can be basic brown, black, blonde, or red.

Pigments Make The Difference

It is the quantity and strength of Pheomelanin and Eumelanin that formulates the combination of natural hair colors that we see. Each person has more or less of these pigments and therefore more or less of one basic hair color than another. For example, Pheomelanin colors hair red. Eumelanin colors hair black or brown. The Irish have much more Pheomelanin pigment in their genes than African-Americans.

Speaking of the Irish and Scottish population. It has been reported that 13 percent of their populations are redheads, while worldwide that number is only between 1% and 2%.

Grey hair comes about because of lack of pigmentation and the way light is reflected on the hair. In some light, hair appears to be grey while in other light there is a sense that a person has blonde hair.

Most hair extensions are harvested from women who have high amounts of black Eumelanin pigment. The pigment is extracted from the hair and colored to suit the preferences of the stylists and their customers.

Luckily for us, hair color usually looks much the same for each individual. It would be concerning if I thought that some people saw my hair as brown and others thought it was purple. Thank heavens for our trichromats.

It is also wonderful that with modern technology, we can experience any length and color of hair that we wish to have. Even the natural colors produced by Pheomelanin and Eumelanin.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

What & Where Is The Knap?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

February 22, 2011


I hear the word “knap” used all of the time in my local salon and I don’t want to feel stupid by asking what it means or where it is. It seems to be used in a variety of ways. Some stylists refer to the knap as part of the hair while others talk about the neck. Which is it?

Justi, B. – Bullhead City, Arizona


The word Knap originates from Old English and refers to the crest of a hill. So, over time, we have added a definition to describe the location of the area connecting the back of the neck to the skull.

Just run you hand upward from the bottom of your neck to the bony projection at the base of the skull. That area is considered to be the knap (spelled knap not knapp).

Another way to say it is the knap of the neck is the slight projection at the back of the head above the neck. So when someone states that some stressful event makes their hair raise-up on the knap of their neck, you’ll know exactly where they are talking about.

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Cold Weather Extension Care

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Harsh, freezing weather plays havoc with hair and hair extensions. Protect your hair with a few easy to follow tips that will keep your hair soft and subtle until warm weather returns and spring flowers begin to bloom.

When possible, keep the temperature of your hair above the freezing point of 32 degrees. That means that every time you leave home and the weather report predicts cold, cold conditions, put on a hat or wrap a scarf around your head. Hats, particularly knitted hats, often ruin a good hairdo, so when possible place a cotton or wool scarf under a loosely fitting cap.

Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom at night to maintain moisture in your skin and hair. Cold air dries and cracks hair extensions just as it affects your natural hair. Dryness is especially prevalent in locations that experience snow that remains on the ground for the duration of the winter or have high winds.

Condition your hair extensions more often during dry, freezing conditions. Moisturizers in a professional conditioner are absorbed into the hair follicles and keep the strands pliable. Never cut corners by purchasing a cheap, poor quality conditioner. Remy human hair extensions deserve a conditioner that does not contain a long list of chemical ingredients.

A vitamin and mineral supplement from a whole foods grocery store or health food store will help maintain nutrient levels in your natural hair. Use this tip year round to retain luster and consistent hair growth. Diet makes a big difference in how your hair looks and feels. Eat nutritiously during cold periods.

Avoid high temperature blow dryers that dry your hair immediately. Consider lowering the temperature and fan speed of your hair dryer. If time permits, blow dry at lower temperatures, let the hair rest for 15 to 20 minutes and then blow dry again to lengthen the time it takes to completely dry your hair and extensions.

Water may be the single most important factor in maintaining moist hair and hair extensions. Of course, extensions are not directly connected to your natural roots. Add moisture to your natural hair by drinking more water. Any water… tap, spring, or filtered. Any kind of water helps but carbonated water in soft drinks is harder for the cells to process and absorb.

To moisten your hair extensions, soak you hair in warm water twice a week and then use a moisturizing spray to pull that water into the hair extensions.

Be aware that poor quality human hair extensions will not respond to these tips.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

Extensions And The Sun

Friday, February 18th, 2011

February 18, 2011


I love wearing extensions during the warm summer months and I especially like the look of long hair at the Jersey Shore. My natural hair color lightens dramatically because of lengthy exposure to the sun but the color of my hair extensions don’t fade like my own hair. What is the best way to keep the colors matched?

Karen S. – Wildwood, New Jersey


You have a couple of solutions.

Your first choice is to have your stylist create an early summer makeover by coloring you hair the shade that is normal lightens to during the hot summer months. That way, you get the new look immediately.

New color probably means that you will want new extensions. Extensions are usually replaced every three to six months. Schedule new extensions for the entire calendar year so that you get fresh extensions and the appropriate color at the beginning of the warm weather.

The other option may be to double up on your summer color appointments. Keep your hair the same natural color by visiting your beautician more often. That is especially important if you prefer your natural darker shade over the shade that the sun dictates.

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Standing For Long Hours

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Working while standing all day can create some long-term health problems unless you pace yourself and have the right footwear. Use these six ideas to ensure that you have a long, stress free, and healthy salon career.

Over time, even the healthiest, physically fit stylists start to feel the affects of standing over a chair all day long. You may not feel the pain for a year or two but eventually you may begin to question your ability to maintain your strength over a thirty-year stint.

Here are some tips that will soften the physical strain of standing all day long.

Keep Your Legs Moving
Standing in one place or sitting for long periods inhibit the blood flow to arms, legs, and the brain. In between clients, take a quick stroll through the salon or out the front door and around the parking lot. Ample blood circulation keeps your mind, muscles, and fingertips in tip top shape.

Drink Plenty Of Water
Hydrate your body with lots of water. Talking to customers all-day and working around hot appliances dries out the skin and pulls liquids from the body. Resist the idea that soft drinks, coffee, and energy drinks do as much good as water. If they did, God would have made underground springs taste like 7-up.

Wear Shoes That Feel Great
Find shoes that fit comfortably, don’t pinch, and are not so large that you slide around inside the shoe while moving. Firm soles offer the back support that will get you through a ten-hour workday. Cushy insoles protect your feet from sores and potential blisters.

Take A Break From Standing
If you get a chance, sit down and elevate your feet to relieve tension and pressure on your lower body and skeletal structure. The spine bears the brunt of standing all day. Treat the spine like a great employee. Give your back a well deserved rest, two or three times a day.

Make Bathing A Ritual
A tub full of hot water and herbal salts is one of the best ways for your body to heal on a daily basis and regroup for the coming day. The muscles relax and prepare your mind and body for a guaranteed good night’s sleep. At the salon, a quick ten minute foot bath at lunch will do wonders for your stamina.

Build Your Muscle Strength
Your legs are more important to your career than a sharp pair of scissors or a blow dryer on steroids. Outside of work, do some regular exercises that strengthen your upper leg muscles, calves, and stomach. You will notice an immediate difference in your ability to stand for long periods of time.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

Who Invented Hair Extensions?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

February 16, 2011


My friend and I were talking about hair extensions and were wondering where they originated. I think it was India and she guesses that they were first created somewhere on the African continent. Can you settle our friendly dispute?

Pershawn A. – Jennings, Indiana


No one seems to be making a claim as to the origin of hair extensions so let’s explain how they came about.

Indian women have a long and established tradition of hair care and lengthy, shinny locks. Many women donate their hair to temples dotted around the country when blessings come to their family. So hair has a sacred origin in that culture.

Likewise, African women have used braids and weaves as a practical way to care for hair and make a statement about their beauty. African braiding has been adopted by many cultures as a fashionable alternative in many local communities. However, neither Indian nor Afro-Caribbean cultures have used extensions as a standard means for lengthening hair. They just let it grow.

It was the Europeans who noticed how women residing between the Tropic of Cancer and The Tropic of Capricorn – that middle part of the planet – created an alluring image using creative braiding, weaving, or silky straight hair.

Europeans from Paris to Prague wanted the same look and the fastest, easiest way to get it was by weaving human hair onto a braid or cornrow. As Europeans found it fashionable, then Americans were only two steps behind in adopting the practice.

The U.S. is now the pacesetter. As with many style trends, North Americans are wearing and promoting hair extensions more than any other continent in the world.

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Human Hair Prices Set To Rise

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Costs for a variety of commodities are inching their way higher and in the not-to-distant future, sticker shock will be setting in for food, clothing (especially items made of cotton), and of course fuel. Be aware that some changes are coming for human hair extensions as well. How you manage those cost increases will be important in keeping loyal customers.

Of course, human hair is not manufactured like I-Pods or cell phones. There are limited resources for hair. But conditions in the world play an important role in dictating the price of human hair and the extensions that come from that hair. Here is just one example of how that happens. When unrest surfaces in the middle-east, oil prices spike. As oil prices increase, the cost to deliver human hair from India to factories in China jumps as well. And then transportation to the U.S. adds more to the cost of human hair extensions.

Human hair is not something that you should stockpile. That is one of the great advantages of working with Donna Bella Milan. You can have little or no inventory at your salon, and within days, order the exact amount of human hair that you need for your client. That arrangement keeps your cash in the bank and saves you hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year.

Many salons are reluctant to raise prices during economic downturns. When and how to increase prices is a matter of your local economy and clientele. You may want to start mentioning to customers how you’ve been able to hold prices down for three or four years and help your regular clients understand that the prices for your services may increase over the next few months. Every person sitting in your chair, grocery shops, buys gasoline, and will understand your need to bump things up a bit.

Start now, even though prices to you have not yet changed. Small, incremental increases will be less noticeable to your customers. If you get some push-back from your best clients, then consider performing an extra service to make up for the increases. Maybe you could throw in a shampoo as part of the hair extension application. Test the market. Talk to other stylists in your salon, and put together a plan that will keep your customers happy.

Make sure that your skills continue to improve. No one minds paying for a service when the provider is remarkably competent. The client gets what they pay for, so creative styling, color skills, and the finest human hair extensions in the marketplace goes a long way to satisfying a customer.

Be smart about increasing prices. If the salon’s wholesale prices go up 20%, that does not mean that the retail customer prices need to go up 20%. Perhaps all you should do initially is to raise the price of the extension service to cover your addition cost of the hair extensions. You still make the same amount of money as before by passing only the actual increases onto the client. That makes the increase painless for the customer.

Many of your salon products will be increasing in price. Think about where you make your money. Perhaps some of those products should be eliminated or the amount of inventory on-hand reduced. The price of your SERVICE is the key factor during any inflationary cycle. Don’t be afraid to raise prices. If you are as good a stylist as we think you are, then what you charge today or in the future will never be a problem.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.

Save 20% Off All Hair Extension Accessories and Tools

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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Talk to you soon,

Marissa Adams